Cyber incidents affecting federal agencies have increased 1,300 percent in the last decade, but the same previously identified issues keep government systems vulnerable, according to the Government Accountability Office.
GAO submitted testimony about the state of federal information security to the president’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, tasked with figuring out how to improve the nation’s cybersecurity stance. The take home? GAO concluded the government has laws and policy to address cyber risks but “inconsistent” implementation means more action is needed.
“Specifically, agencies need to address control deficiencies and fully implement organization-wide information security programs, cyber incident response and mitigation efforts need to be improved across the government, and establishing and maintaining a qualified cybersecurity workforce needs to be a priority,” wrote GAO Director of Information Security Greg Wilshusen.
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The testimony, pulled from previously published work, featured other interesting tidbits: